Historical Issues and Perceptual Identification

  • Harry Hollien
Part of the Applied Psycholinguistics and Communication Disorders book series (APCD)


Almost anyone who has normal hearing, and who has lived long enough to read these words, has had the experience of recognizing some unseen speaker (usually someone familiar) solely from listening to his or her voice. It was from this common everyday experience that the concept (or is it a myth?) of speaker identification was born. References to the process in novels, comic strips, the movies and television have resulted in a perpetuation and refinement of this “myth” to a point that presently many people believe such things as: (1) the identification of a talker by listening to him or her is infallible—or nearly so, (2) technologically we can carry out voice identifications with exactitude, (3) “voice-prints” are the direct equivalent of fingerprints, and so on. Therein lies the structure of a so-called myth.


Speech Signal Correct Identification Historical Issue Speaker Recognition Speech Sample 
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  • Harry Hollien
    • 1
  1. 1.University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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